Tag: blood pressure

Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Despite regular testing for cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. at your doctor visits, and prescribed medications and diets for abnormal levels revealed from such testing, most people who have a heart attack or stroke have very few or even no conventional heart disease risk factors. This phenomenon has stumped doctors and researchers for decades. The truth is, conventional…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Children and Teens

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are chemicals added to plastics used in a wide array of household items from flooring to furniture, plates to plastic wrap, and kids’ toys to tubing. It’s everywhere. While once thought a harmless chemical, studies are continually linking this chemical to negative health effects. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that dietary exposure…

Beet Juice for Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition affecting 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Many people have high blood pressure for years without even knowing it. That’s why it’s called the silent killer. High blood pressure is one of the signs that you have silent inflammation—the underlying feature of most, if not all, chronic disease. High blood pressure…

The Stress Factor and Your Heart

It’s true that just about everyone is stressed these days. Our lives are packed with things to do, places to be, and then more things to do. We are constantly on the move with little down time to help us recuperate. And sleep? It’s usually cut short to make time for something else seemingly “more important.” This current pattern of…

Krill Oil – Are We Being Misled?

The other day I was so pleased to see the message that I share on Heart of Perfect Health, my new PBS special, discussed from a different angle on the Dr. Oz Show.  The more this heart healthy message is broadcast, the healthier Americans will be! Dr. Sinatra, the cardiologist who wrote the book The Great Cholesterol Myth stated clearly…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Links Brain Health to Heart Health

Two of the most well-known beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils are the improvements of cardiovascular and cognitive (heart and brain) health. These two benefits are usually investigated separately in studies, but a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal1 evaluated both together. They investigated the effects of fish oil supplementation on cognitive performance in healthy individuals, and related that…

The Fat and Skinny—There’s More to Consider

With a national adult obesity rate of over 35 percent and over two-thirds of the country either obese or overweight, there has been a major push toward educating people about the health risks of being overweight with particular focus on the harmful effects of the accumulation of belly fat. Not for nothing, the obesity epidemic certainly calls for increased awareness…

Dark Chocolate for Your Brain and Heart

Do you ever reach for a chocolate bar when you’re down? Well, you’re not alone and there is good reason for it—chocolate has positive effects on mood. But that’s not all. Chocolate also has beneficial effects on brain performance and the heart. Chocolate contains a high level of antioxidants thought to give chocolate its health benefits. A recent scientific review…